This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: October 20

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The northern boundary of the United States is set at the forty-ninth parallel of latitude, extending from the Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains.


The Minnesota Historical Society is incorporated by an act of the territorial legislature, and Alexander Ramsey is elected its first president.


Daily mail delivery begins in Cannon City.


The brothel of St. Paul's most famous madam, Nina Clifford, is demolished after fifty years of business at 147 Washington Street.


The movie Mallrats opens. Filmed at the Eden Prairie mall and directed by independent film sensation Kevin Smith, the movie flops in theaters but develops a cult following.